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Martina McBride (credit: Joe Sinnott -- Thirteen/WNET)Martina McBride Live in Concert

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Premieres during March Pledge on PBS
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The small town girl with the big voice makes her GREAT PERFORMANCES debut. After 16 million in sales, 22 top-10 singles -- including six number ones with crossover success in multiple genres, four Country Music Awards, three Academy of Country Music awards, and a long list of national television appearances in her 15-year career, Martina McBride continues to scale new artistic heights. GREAT PERFORMANCES captures McBride in peak form in concert, featuring selections from her nine albums, including her latest release, WAKING UP LAUGHING.

Here's how the country superstar got her start and the events that helped launch her career, from David Freeland's profile in BAKER'S BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF POPULAR MUSIC.

"As a child country performer in Kansas, McBride sang regularly with her father's band. After graduating from high school she spent years working her way into the music industry, receiving a break through the influence of country superstar Garth Brooks. First selling T-shirts for Brooks during his concerts, McBride eventually became his opening act. Although McBride's 1992 debut album, THE TIME HAS COME, brought critical acclaim, it was the follow-up, THE WAY THAT I AM (1993), that made her a country star."

Watch Martina McBride perform "Happy Girl," which was featured on her triple platinum 1997 record, EVOLUTION, and reached #2 on BILLBOARD's Country Singles chart. Find all the numbers from her first concert special on the series in the song list, and vote for your favorite McBride song in the poll.

Many local PBS stations may be offering the WAKING UP LAUGHING CD and the DVD of the concert as Pledge gifts. To order these items,
pledge now.

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Top banner photo: Martina McBride (credit: Joe Sinnott -- Thirteen/WNET)

Martina McBride (credit: Joe Sinnott -- Thirteen/WNET)
photo: Martina McBride (credit: Joe Sinnott -- Thirteen/WNET)

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